Changing Nature of Deterrence: The Challenge of Asymmetric Threats

Changing Nature of Deterrence: The Challenge of Asymmetric Threats, National Security, Vivekananda International Foundation Vol.III (2) (2020) pp. pp.213-231.

In spite of massive reduction in the nuclear weapon holdings in recent years, both Russia and the US hold impressive quantities of nuclear arms. Other nuclear weapon (P5) countries hold relatively limited number and some of them (France and UK) have not added significant numbers. Some of the late entrants in Asia continue to increase their arsenal in significant ways. New weapon systems, geopolitics (including nature of governments, leadership and economic disparity), unsettled borders, non-state actors, technology proliferation, lack of progress in disarmament, etc., are all contributing to the erosion of deterrence and strategic stability factors. As a result, in the world today, there are many unsettling factors, which are not only impacting the nature of deterrence but are also influencing the stabilizing/destabilizing criterion

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Rajaram Nagappa
Rajaram Nagappa is a Programme Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore.

N Ramamoorthy
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

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One thought on “Changing Nature of Deterrence: The Challenge of Asymmetric Threats

  • Rahul Dev

    India has the Potential of becoming not only an Asian giant but a world power with an effective say in the world affairs. we are self sufficient in food, we can produce enough drinking water and electricity. If we want and we have of huge base of professionals in the areas of medicine, science and technology. We have developed missile system that is among best in the world and we have third largest army with the enough combat experience in diverse terrains. We are a nuclear weapon state with a defined doctrine of ‘no first use’. We should back it up with a demonstrable will to make an effective second strike.

    As , we don’t need any war but we have to carve out strategic space in the world. This is achievable, and need of the hour for current power balance in the world for this can be done with our increased military power.

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